I must have explained how we can function in the Christ Mind, from a hundred different points of view. And just this morning I thought of another way to say it.
We cannot (in our John Doe identity) function AS the Christ! 'We' can only function 'somewhat like the Christ'. We can only function AS the Christ, when we have been 'born again'. (When we realize that God (the Father) is the "I" within us). We can only function AS the Christ, when we function AS THE FATHER! And you might ask, 'how is that'? That is because the 'Father', is who we are. "The Father", is the "I" within us; the real you and the real me! Every man or woman on Planet Earth is in fact, the Father individualized! Every 'human' child that has ever been born, (or that ever will be born) is the Father in the infant stage of development! (When Mary gave birth to her infant son, (the Father) she named Him Jesus.)
My Mother named her infant son (me) Robert. God made each of us in His image and likeness, but He did not create the person we believe ourselves to be. Our parents created this person we believe ourselves to be when they named us! "WE"(those of us who think we are this person our parents named us) cannot function AS the Christ, because we think 'we' have being of ourselves, when in fact "we" are but illusions. We are the Source (the Father) embodied, the Source individualized! Only the Source has being! And we can only function AS the Source (AS the Father) when we realize that we are indeed the Father individualized (the Father in miniature). So, in order for us to function AS the Christ, WE MUST FUNCTION AS THE FATHER! To function 'AS' the Father, is the only way we can function AS the Christ, for the Christ, is but the Father individualized (the 'person' of God personified!) The 'self', (the illusion. the 'person' we believe ourselves to be) must die (must be crucified) in order for the Father (the "I" within us) to be resurrected!
When Jesus said to the rich young ruler, 'Come and follow me', He was actually saying, 'come and walk AS "I" walk'. (Come and walk AS the Father) For the "I" within you and the Father, is ONE! And that goes for every 'man' on Earth! Every 'human being' on Planet Earth, is the Father individualized! Thus the necessity of the Spiritual Rebirth, which can only be set in motion when we realize that the "I" within us is the Father! Through faith in this Truth, anyone can function AS the 'Christ' .if they choose to!
It should be mandatory that those who choose to be teachers of Truth, come to realize this! Had Peter grasped the fact that the "I" within 'him' was the Father (as Jesus thought he had) He would have set a precedent! Then, in order for one to become the Pope, that One would have had to function AS the Father (as the Christ) in order to qualify! What a difference this would have made in the world! Only a few will choose to die to self in order to function As the Christ, but EVERY ONE embodies the capacity to do so if they choose to!
"I" am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth 'in' me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth (AS me), need never die! (My interpretation). And we can indeed, through faith in the belief that the Father is the "I" within us, function AS the Father!